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Ten Important Fireplace Terms

Fireplaces are valued for their practical uses, providing heat, cooking food, as well as the visual appeal of logs quietly burning in the firebox. If you own a fireplace, you will probably have to get it repaired or restored at one time or another; if you don't have one, you may wish to have one installed in your home. Either way, you should have a working knowledge of what their parts are called and what they do, so below are some relevant terms.

  • Mantel – The frame surrounding a fireplace or the shelf over it; also called a mantelpiece.
  • Hearth – Often made of brick or stone, the hard floor that extends outward from the opening.
  • Wood-Burning Stove – An enclosed metal appliance, often made of cast iron. A wood-burning stove is primarily used for heating.
  • Fireplace Insert – An appliance designed to fit inside, and enhance of functioning of, an existing fireplace. Considered more efficient and easy to handle than a standard wood-burning model, a fireplace insert can run on a variety of fuels, including gas and wood. They are fitted with glass doors that allow a view of its fire.
  • Electric Fireplace – An electrical installation intended to imitate a conventional fireplace. Unlike its wood or gas burning cousins, it does not require ventilation.
  • Outdoor Fireplace – One constructed outside the house, typically in the patio area.
  • Screen – A panel that blocks children and animals from getting close to the flames.
  • Fireplace Tools – The general term for pokers, tongs, and similar accessories.
  • Corner Fireplace – As the name indicates, a fireplace installed in the corner of a room.
  • Firebox – The chamber containing the fire.
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    David Hall Masonry Inc
    651 S Stockton Ave, Ripon, CA 95366
    Offering commercial masonry, tenant improvements, precast concrete, custom residential masonry, perimeter masonry fences, sound walls and custom entry features.
    (209) 599-8722
    Sierra Hearth & Home
    619 S State Highway 49, Jackson, CA 95642
    Retailer for fireplaces, free standing stoves, wood stoves, pellet stoves, gas stoves, BBQs, grills, Water Garden, Aquascape Ecosystem Ponds, Pondless Waterfalls, Rain Water Harvesting systems
    (209) 223-4007
    Pro-Sweep Chimney Services
    13828 Gold Mine Rd Ste 1, Pine Grove, CA 95665
    Our company offers full service fireplace and chimney cleaning, maintenance and repair. Our staff is fully factory trained to service all types of chimneys and fireplaces, wood gas and pellet.
    (209) 296-6226
    Old World Chimney Sweep
    Stockton, CA 95205
    (209) 951-2832
    Valley Fire Place Inc
    4524 Salida Blvd, Salida, CA 95368
    (209) 543-9800
    Spa Doctor Pool-Spa & Stove Center of Modesto
    3500 Sisk Rd Ste J, Modesto, CA 95356
    (209) 545-5224
    Arirics Mantels & Millwork
    501 S Aurora St, Stockton, CA 95203
    (209) 943-2211
    Stockton Screen Window & Door Co
    6852 Pacific Ave Ste C1, Stockton, CA 95207
    (209) 957-9700
    Ultimate Spas & Stoves
    4036 California Ave, Riverbank, CA 95367
    (209) 544-3022
    Jim Walz Distributing
    2379 Maggio Cir, Lodi, CA 95240
    (209) 367-4119
    Turlock Chimney Sweeps
    5018 Geer Rd, Turlock, CA 95382
    (209) 667-9337
    Top Quality Insulation
    105 Main St, Valley Springs, CA 95252
    (209) 772-2501
    Fire House Fireplaces The
    3985 1st St, Livermore, CA 94551
    (925) 245-0099
    Denny's Diablo Valley Masonry Inc
    656 Po Box, Clayton, CA 94517
    (925) 672-8466
    Home Plumbing
    San Ramon, CA 94582
    (925) 735-9494

    Fireplaces provide a contained and controlled space where people can enjoy the warm crackle of a fire. While outdoor fire pits filled with fresh wood often come to mind, when many people refer to fireplaces they are referring to indoor electric or gas options. Historically, household fireplaces were constructed to provide heat or cook food much like a brick stove. Today, many people install fireplaces simply to surround themselves with the outdoor feel of burning wood. The practical application of removing the screen door and inserting food into the fireplace, as if it were a stove, is far less common. Still, even a gas or electric fire could easily burn anyone who gets too close, or touches a hot accessories or tool that has recently been in the fire pit. As such, a household fire should still contain a proper ventilation system for smoke. When you restore your fireplace this is one area to check for repair, as you don’t want log residue clogging your vent. If you’re looking to add the ambiance of a fire to your home, you’ll need to decide on the mantel that matches the look and feel of the room. It could be a stone, glass, or cast iron mantel, and it could possibly go in the corner of your living room or the patio. Either way, you’ll need to consider how the style decisions will affect your ability to insert tongs or other accessories into the fireplace. For help choosing the right design, you can call an interior decorator, or research different styles online. Again, though, you’ll first want to find a space in your home where a fireplace can reasonably function.
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